James Romig (b.1971) composes music in response to an increasingly fragmented and accelerated world, creating highly self-referential works that evolve isomorphically and reveal themselves gradually. Endeavoring to reflect the intricacies of the natural world, his compositional paradigms exert influence on both small-scale iteration and large-scale design, obscuring boundaries between form and content. He acknowledges and celebrates focus and patience — elements crucial to his work's initial creation, its realization by performers, and its construal by audiences. Critics have described his music as "profoundly meditative, haunting" (The Wire), "a complex quilt of sound" (Moline Dispatch), and "rapturous, slow-moving beauty" (San Francisco Chronicle). Still, for solo piano, was recognized as one of two Finalists for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Music. His works have been performed in 49 states and 34 countries by such notables as Talujon, Harpverk, Iktus, JACK, Khasma, Helix, Chronophonie, Altered Sound, Suono Mobile, Cadillac Moon, Due East, Collide-O-Scope, flutist Harvey Sollberger, violinist Erik Carlson, pianists Ashlee Mack and Taka Kigawa, and the Quad City Symphony. Recordings of his music have been released by New World, Navona, Blue Griffin, and Perspectives of New Music. Guest-composer visits include Eastman, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Bowling Green, Illinois, Northwestern, and the American Academy in Rome. Artist residencies include Copland House, Centrum, Everglades, Grand Canyon, and Petrified Forest. He holds degrees from the University of Iowa (BM, MM) and Rutgers University (PhD), where he studied with Charles Wuorinen. Milton Babbitt provided additional mentoring and served on Romig's PhD dissertation committee. Since 2002, he has been on faculty at Western Illinois University, where he heads the composition area. His music is published exclusively by Parallax Music Press (ASCAP).
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